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10 Top British Fashion Designers

Britain has long been a place that sets new trends and directions on the cultural scene. When it comes to fashion and design industry, the influence of the British designers is seen globally and they continue to set new trends year in and year out.

If the work of British designers has always impressed you and you wanted to know more about the big names out there, here we have the list of some top guns from the British world of fashion.

1. Vivienne Westwood

Vivienne Westwood is a well-known name in the global fashion industry. She’s been an icon of British style and inspiration all around the world. She has been inspiring with her trendsetting designs for the last five decades and takes pride in being the one who first introduced the punk fashion genre.

We all know Vivienne Westwood from the runaways, loved TV shows – such as Sex and the City – and have seen her creations at events like the Golden Globes and the Oscars.She started out in the 70s and was inspired by the rebellion of the time. She took it all in: bikers, S&M, bondage, and began creating what was going to be iconic pieces in the fashion industry.

Her pieces mixed diverse objects that reminded of the punk movement such as safety pins, tartan, and chains. She gained fame thanks to the ‘Sex Pistols’ wearing her clothes. In the latter years, the British designer moved to a more feminine style. She was recognized more for her beautiful dresses designed to hug the right curves in a woman’s body.

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2. Stella McCartney

The next star on our famous British designer’s list is Stella McCartney. Even though her career had somewhat of a shaky start – as she was accused of nepotism due to celebrity models doing her graduate show – she managed to gain the attention and admiration she deserved worldwide.

The British style is seen very clearly in the clothes she created after 2001. It was then that she adopted a more grown-up style and tailored aesthetic, helping her get recognized among the celebrities. She is famous for her constant refusal to work with fur or leather, as she is a vegetarian and really takes on these beliefs.

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3. Burberry

The Burberry company is one of the oldest brands in the United Kingdom. Burberry was not a fashion brand at first but was known for a unique type of hard-wearing fabric, gabardine. The waterproof fabric was created by the company’s founder, Thomas Burberry, back in 1870.

The fabric was used by Army officers for their uniforms. The famous fabric was also worn by Roald Amundsen, known as the first man who ever reached the South Pole. In the 20th century, they gained more popularity with the famous trench coats they designed.

The brand had some up and downs then started to gain fame again in 2001, when Christopher Bailey, a designer from Yorkshire, was appointed to run the creative direction. He had a great vision for Burberry: modern and focused on the classic style of Britain. He successfully took the brand forward and transformed it into a hit of the fashion industry.

4. Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen was loved both by celebrities and a large audience for his unique, delicate, yet exquisite approach on fashion. The winner of no less than 4 British Designer of the Year Awards.

He had a long career in fashion working for Givenchy and started his own brand, working with famous celebrities like David Bowie. His reputation for wild clothing and shock tactics earned him the nickname of L’Enfant Terrible’ and the ‘hooligan of English fashion’. Sadly McQueen committed suicide in 2010.

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5. Christopher Kane

Christopher Kane is a Scottish designer who rapidly became famous with his “Spring/Summer 07” collection. He presented dresses that enhanced the beauty of the human body and captured eyes with the use of bold neon shades and a glittering touch.

He worked with the hugely successful Versace brand. It was there he designed the much-admired Versus line. As one of the top British fashion designers, he is known for his innovative and new style selection for his presentations.

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